Momma Told Me: Why You Should Extend Your Cruise With An On Land Stay At A Hyatt Hotel- $500 Giveaway

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Why You Should Extend Your Cruise With An On Land Stay At A Hyatt Hotel- $500 Giveaway

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Hyatt Seattle, WA
Momma Told Me: Have the trip is getting there!

As you know by now I took my first cruise this past September. I had pretty much anywhere in the world to go (within budget reason, of course,) and I chose Alaska. After 20 something years of blistering Summers and sunny, dry, Winters, one begins to loathe the thought of a tropical destination as a vacation. Most people chose to travel to Alaska as an afterthought, sometime in their 50's or 60's, for me it's been one of only two destinations (the other being Ireland/Scotland/Germany) I've wanted to travel too since childhood.
Seattle Port
Of course, like most people traveling to a destination with the intent of vacation, I was primarily focused on what would happen once I finally got there, rather than the time leading up to and after the immediate vacation time. When someone plans to take a cruise, they almost always have to travel to get the the port from which they will sail out of. But most people fly into the port city, and our of the return city without a second thought for either destination. After all, it's where the boat's going, and all of those day excursions you're really paying for, right?
Sea To Sky Gondola
Sea To Sky Gondola
Sea To Sky Gondola
This is the part where I urge you to consider extending your vacation, when cruising, on either (or even both) ends. While I could make the 'decompression' argument for tacking a few days in the return port city onto your trip, I'm most interested in emphasizing the opportunity to explore more than where your cruise-liner is taking you, but where the trip will lead as a whole. Our cruise to Alaska, for example, left Seattle, WA and arrived in Vancouver, B.C. Sure, we went to Alaska while we were aboard the cruise, but we really had the potential to explore and vacate in 3 unique destinations. And who knows when you might have the chance to return to either locations again!
Suspension Bridge
On this particular trip we decided to stay a few extra days in Vancouver B.C. (I did pay a nice fee for my passport, after all!) It was important to me that our 'decompression' period be just as comfortable, accommodating, and stress free as our time aboard the ship. Whenever I travel and stay on land for pleasure I always seek out the nearest Hyatt hotel. Ever since our Philadelphia trip in 2012, where a one week reservation with our host hotel was over-booked on arrival and we were forced to shop open hotels at 2 am, I've been committed to everything the Hyatt chain stands for.
The Churchill Victoria, BC
Without getting too much into the story (it's here in the blog archives, I promise,) we took a cab to 3 different hotels, and were all turned away due to overbooking. When we arrived at the Hyatt House Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting the location was undergoing some renovations but the staff took our story to heart and made sure we not only had 2 luxurious long-term travel accommodations, but they gave us a reservation rate in hopes to help turn our vacation around from it's rocky start. The rooms were complete with a dining and sitting area, fully functional kitchen, and even a complimentary 5 mile shuttle service!
Naturally, when looking at reservations for the Vancouver, B.C. portion of our recent vacation, Hyatt Regency Vancouver was at the top of our list. The four diamond Hyatt Regency Vancouver location is as cosmopolitan and stylish as the surrounding city, with stunning views from every room (including some with great views of the historic Stanley Park, where we shot our infamous peacock photos!) The Hyatt Regency location is also equipped with Hyatt Grand Beds™, an over sized jetted hot tub, outdoor heated pool, babysitting referrals, and green practice initiatives.
Peacock Gardens Victoria, BC
None of these photos, contained within this post, or these memories could be without the decision to extend our cruise in the return port city. From traveling on the Sea To Sky Gondola and walking the Squamish B.C. suspension bridge to up close encounters with peacocks and the giant watering can which doubles as a local water park during B.C. Summers, our stay was truly well worth the extra days! In fact, Jay and I have already booked an Alaska cruise for next Summer, and we'll be porting to and from Seattle, so we'll have the perfect chance to explore that beautiful town while staying at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown. I think we just might kick our vacation off there and fly in several days early!
Hyatt Vancouver, B.C.
Are you planning a vacation of any sort between now and the end of the year? You can take advantage of some awesome limited time savings when you book directly through Hyatt.com by November 30, 2015, for stays by January 18, 2015. In fact, Enjoy 20% off stays of 2 nights or more and 25% off stays of 3 nights or more at the following Hyatt Hotel locations! Use The Code: WSALEA! You may also book the “Snow on Sale” package at Hyatt.com and Earn a Free Night Stay at participating mountain resorts in Colorado, Utah, and Nevada! (Offer available through April 7 , 2016 Terms and Conditions apply. See landing page for details.) I am incredibly jealous of these amazing deals and the exclusive coupon savings, but sad we cannot take advantage of them for our Seattle trip next year. Of course we WILL be booking online directly with Hyatt.com where we can enjoy a Best Rate Guarantee for bookings made at Hyatt.com, free Wifi at all Hyatt Hotels, fantastic locations, family friendly programs and rooms, and more! When you travel, do you like to spend time in host cities exploring?

What Daughter Says:  Extend vacations with a stay in host and port cities featuring Hyatt hotels and resorts.





Now for some exciting news, we have a very special giveaway for you! One very lucky entrant will win a $500 Hyatt Digital Gift Card to stay at the Hyatt location of their choice!

24 comments:

  1. I would like to stay at the Hyatt Boston Harbor property. I visited Boston last summer and now I want to see it during the winter.

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  2. I'd like to stay at the Hyatt Regency Montreal as Montreal is my favorite city to visit! I've walked by the hotel many times but haven't had the opportunity to stay there.... yet (hint, hint)!

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  3. i'd love to take my wifey to the Hyatt Regency Toronto for our anniversary in January! :)
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  4. Would love to check out the Hyatt Place Los Cabos. It would be a much needed getaway for my husband and I.

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  5. I would stay in Detroit. I have family business up there, and it would be nice to have a Hyatt to retreat too in between. :)

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  6. For the snow resort, I'd love to go to Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City. I've never been to Utah, but it's def. on the bucket list. I read a blog post once about why you should visit the state, and I've wanted to go every since.

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  7. I would love to stay at the Hyatt Boston Harbor because I have never been there, but it's one place that I have always wanted to visit. I think it would be a lot of fun.

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  8. For the snow resort, I think Lake Tahoe would be a nice place to visit and the casino would be a lot of fun too.

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  9. My husband and I would love to visit the Hyatt Regency toronto. We never had a honeymoon and this would be perfect!

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  10. That's easy, Los Cabos!! I have never been there and I have always wanted to go, also weather should be amazing right now!

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  11. I would love to stay at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa because they offer bike riding wine tours and the hotel is breathtaking. I MUST go there with my husband one day.

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  12. I can't wait to go to Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. They have so many fun activities that my family would love like sleigh rides and a paddle wheel cruise so it's definitely on my bucket list.

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  13. I'd go to the Hyatt Regency Toronto. I love TO, and haven't been there in so long!

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  14. I have always wanted to go to New Orleans to see the sights and eat some delicious food, so I would pick the New orleans/Convention Center Hyatt.

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  15. We would go to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa and enjoy a well deserved family staycation :D

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  16. Would love to stay at Hyatt Place Raleigh-West/RBC Center! lots of things to do at Raleigh and is close to my favorite restaurants!

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  17. Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District Would be my choice! If you've never been to Charleston, SC it's a must for a visit. The fort, historic buildings, shopping, cuisine, tours.. Even ghost tours. It's a fun destination. The historic Rainbow Row homes are gorgeous. You Definetly need to take a walk through historic Charleston to really appreciate and take in all of it. One of my favorite destinations on the east coast. Southern at its best.

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  18. PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT AND SPA Would be my choice. I've never been to Colorado but it is on my vacation bucket list! It looks absolutely beautiful there. I might not want to go home 😊

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  19. I want to stay at the HYATT place near Opryland in Nashville TN. We could go for my birthday and visit the Opryland hotel to look at the Christmas lights. I know where this one is located and it looks really nice.

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  20. For a snow resort I'd like to stay at the Hyatt Escala lodge in Park City Utah. One of my favorite authors is from there and alot of his books are based on Parkcity Utah around Christmas time. One of his books is based on a true story of a Christmas Angel statue in a cemetary. I have always wanted to attend the ceremony.

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  21. Hyatt Place Charleston Historic District
    So much to see do and eat!

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  22. Thank you for the opportunity. Would love to visit the Hyatt Place North Hills in Raleigh NC again for another weekend visiting friends since moving from the area

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  23. My favourite Hyatt is the one downtown Vancouver. I tried to check out the site but it was down for maintenance :(

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  24. I would love to stay at the Hyatt in Orlando Florida. It would be perfect for when we take my 2 boys to Disney World for the 1st time. Thank you so much for the chance

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